The good news of the gospel is that God, in Christ, took on the penalty and condemnation that your sins incurred so that he could give you, instead, Jesus’ covering robe of righteousness.
You must learn truth. Read truth. Hear truth. Discuss truth. Meditate on truth. Affirm and declare truth. This is where real forward progress, away from the pain of shame and regret, begins to happen.
The source of a stronghold can be demonic. It can be the result of a mental illness. But almost always, it’s a combination involving spiritual, mental, and emotional elements stemming from a moment or multiple moments of trauma or rejection.
If you want to walk in freedom, affirm God’s forgiveness by faith. It’s the only way to live up to the freedom God has granted you.
Repentance is about coming clean and taking ownership of our choices and agreeing with God about the sinful nature of sin. It’s making a complete turnaround and heading in the opposite direction from the will to sin.